Mad Science brings fun engaging science programs right to your camp or daycare! Structured as an in-house field trip, a Mad Science workshop is a convenient way to offer your kids a hands-on science experience without leaving your center. With professional lesson plans, unique equipment and animated instructors, Mad Science workshops offer preschool to sixth grade children truly engaging learning experiences. Dozens of workshop topics are available. See below for a list of the most popular programs for all ages, or click HERE for programs especially designed for preschool children.
All About Animals What do animals have in common? Let’s use classification to find out. Students will have the opportunity to explore the ways animals have adapted to protect themselves from predators, including camouflage. We’ll all become animal detectives when we investigate various animal tracks, and more!
Bubbling Potions Find out what a real Mad Scientist has inside those beakers and flasks! Learn the secret behind dry ice as we explore carbon dioxide, sublimation, and the three states of matter. This workshop is guaranteed to be a gas!
Bugs Creepy, crawly critters that are everywhere in our day to day lives... We will explore how they walk, how they see, how many legs they have, and even the unique shapes to their bodies. What do these little creatures eat and how do they survive in a world of giants?
Che-Mystery Explore the world of physical and chemical change. Eliminate the mystery in chemistry! Explore one of the most exciting and fundamental sciences as you learn how to handle labware while you grow a crazy crystal garden and concoct your own “chemical” soda pop!
Detective Science Discover how science is used to solve real crimes. Watch as the classroom is transformed into a crime lab for this exploration into the fundamentals of forensics. Become a science sleuth as we discover how police use chemistry, and the five senses to “clue in” at a crime scene…so much fun, it’s criminal!
Dinosaurs Future paleontologists will discover the unique science of excavating fossils. A study of our dinosaur friends as we learn about fossilization, carnivores, herbivores and many other “Jurassic” explorations.
Dry Ice Capades Manipulate matter in all of its three states! Melt metal in boiling water and freeze water with just a breath of dry ice! Use your Thermocolor Cup to test the temperature of liquid matter in your home!
Earthworks Discover your planet! Learn about geodes, the chemistry of crystal formation and metamorphic geology. Unlock the mysteries of Earth’s composition and specific geological processes. Explore the atmosphere’s relationship with our planet and make your own sedimentary stacker!
Energy Burst The challenging topics of kinetic and potential energy will be explored in a very entertaining way as we explore the principles behind the energy of motion using some common and beloved toys.
Glow Show Discover amazing things that glow in the dark and come to light! Probe the properties of light and explore unusual applications of glow-in-the-dark tech! Use your Blacklight Writer to make secret messages that only you can see!
Harnessing Heat Participants will observe a special Mad Science heat sheet and see an underwater volcano erupt. We’ll change the states of matter, and cap off this workshop with a taste bud pleasing demonstration of heat at work, transforming solid sugar crystal into cotton candy!
Lab Works This class provides a great introduction to how a lab works! Learn to manipulate laboratory equipment at your personal lab bench, and take home your very own Graduated Gear to continue your research!
Lights... Color... Action Uncover the hidden components in ordinary light and build a Newton color wheel or make a chromatography bookmark to prove it. Learn about how our eyes see color and what our favorite colors are actually made of. Discover black lights and dance to the stroboscope. This program promises to be enlightening!
Magnificent Magnets Experience the pull of magnetism! Ever been an atom in a magnet? Don’t be repelled! Visit the North and South Poles and frolic in invisible fields. Build magnificent magnet chains and play with some of the wildest forces in the universe!
Matter of Fact Take a closer look at the three states of matter and molecules... the nuts and bolts of the universe. We’ll build, touch and explore molecules and create wacky-wild molecular concoctions.
pH pHactor Slide down the colorful pH scale and dip into the world of acids and bases! Explore pH extremes with a Reaction Tube that is sure-to-be a popping experience! Discover whether liquids found in your home are acids or bases.
Rocket Launch Discover the dynamics of rocket flight. Touch and feel our model rockets while learning HOW and WHY they fly. Take part in a NASA style launching of model rockets, that soar into the air and then return to Earth by parachute.
Science of Magic Magic? No -- it’s science! Find out the secrets of Houdini! You’ll learn the secrets behind famous magic tricks that you can recreate for yourself! Even create your own magic trick to play on your family.
Slime Time Ooze into a gooey hour of sliming around! Create slime using the Mad Science recipe, and then enter the Slime Olympics! Take home your own concoction of Mad Science Slime
Super Sticky Stuff Stick it to the walls, and push the power of tape to the limits in this adhesive hour on things that cling! Build a bond with glue and get attached to Professor Beakerdude!
Super Structures Amazing architecture and engineering! Discover how simple shapes like the triangle and arch strengthen and reinforce buildings. Join our science structure challenge... build an earthquake proof-building.
Watts Up Don’t give us any static in this class… Learn about electricity, its properties, and its role in natural phenomena. Make indoor thunder and lightning while conducting hair-raising experiments with our electro-static generator.